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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul opposes President Donald Trump’s proposed weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. The Senate is heading toward a showdown vote over the proposal.

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is urging his colleagues to vote against the largest-ever arms sale to Saudi Arabia.

In his first foreign trip as president, Donald Trump will be traveling to a Muslim country on Friday. Not just any Muslim state, but the one with the holiest shrines in Islam.

Saudi Arabia is a place that candidate Trump loved to bash during his campaign.

"Until the oil went down, Saudi Arabia was making a billion dollars a day. We protect them. We protect them. And we protect them for peanuts. So all of that stuff is going to change folks," Trump said last year.

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The U.S. Senate has blocked a measure that would have halted the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Kentucky Republican Rand Paul was one of four lawmakers who forced a vote on the issue.

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Murray State University has a Muslim student population of roughly 360 students, along with their families, which is relatively large for the small college town. Dr. Ihsan Alkhatib, who teaches in the Political Science Department, says he hadn't encountered many Saudis in his life until he came to western Kentucky. Tomorrow, students, faculty and community members are invited to meet and interact with people from different parts of the world in a day-long Islamic Culture Experience in the Curris Center Dance Lounge, hosted by the Murray State's Muslim Student Organization, including documentary films, cultural activities and food. Dr. Alkhatib and his wife Maysoon Suleiman-Khatib, an adjunct professor in the Organizational Communications department, join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with the details.

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As the end of Ramadan nears, around August 7, about a billion Muslims around the world have observed a month of Fasting, which is one of the Five Pillars or fundamental religious duties of Islam. We go to the south of Saudi Arabia this hour to learn more from a Murray State University student at home for the summer.